2016 cee'd range launched

Kia has carried out a comprehensive upgrade of its popular Kia cee’d, a model that has provided the foundation for the company’s continuing success in Europe over recent years. With more dynamic performance and Kia’s distinct style, the upgraded cee’d offers buyers a car built to meet the exacting standards of quality and design demanded by European buyers.

 

Kia’s European designers have evolved the interior and exterior styling of the current cee’d into an exciting new look, with the powertrain team developing a wider range of engines and transmissions. The improvements include Kia’s all-new three-cylinder 1.0-litre T-GDI engine, as well as a range of new safety, comfort and convenience upgrades. The changes apply to every model in the cee’d range, incorporating the five-door cee’d hatchback, Sportswagon and three-door pro_cee’d.

 

The upgraded model will come with a new ‘GT Line’ specification, offering buyers the sporty looks and dynamics of the GT models and the versatility of the conventional cee’d model family. The GT Line specification is available in Ireland on two of the three cee’d body types – five door cee’d and three-door pro_cee’d.

 

“Competing in the highly competitive C segment cee’d is an extremely important part of our product mix ,second only to our best-selling Sportage model ,commented James Brooks ,Managing Director of Kia Motors Ireland .

 

“cee’d the first car built in our factory in Zilina Slovakia was the first of the Kia models designed and built in Europe for European customers and was also the first Kia in Europe with our pioneering seven year warranty which was extended to the entire range in January 2010.

 

cee’d owners know well that the car is one of the best in its segment. In fact the cee’d has emerged as the most reliable car in its class in this year’s JD Power Survey in the UK . “

 

Exterior styling: a more modern appearance

The upgraded Kia cee’d inherits the bold, distinct styling of the current model, with a series of visual modifications to modernize the car’s appearance.

 

At the front, the cee’d continues the look that has proven so popular with European buyers, retaining Kia’s hallmark ‘tiger-nose’ grille, sleek wraparound headlamps and integrated fog lamps. Changes to the ‘face’ of the cee’d include a more angular and wider bumper, with chrome trim around the fog lamps, and a new oval-shaped grille mesh echoing many of the shapes and design forms on the front of the car.

 

A similar change has been made to the rear of the cee’d, with reshaped bumpers and sporty-looking reflectors adding greater volume and strength to the car’s appearance. LED rear lamps complete the rear of the car, adding a higher level of refinement while updating the cee’d’s night-time light signature. Stylish new 16- and 17-inch alloy wheel designs are also now available across the range.

 

Subtle styling upgrades to the interior and improved NVH

The high quality cabin in the Kia cee’d has received a range of minor styling upgrades to build on the simple elegance of the interior design. The basic form of the cabin remains unchanged, but a number of subtle enhancements bring a more modern look and feel to the interior.

 

For diesel variants, the upgraded interior of the cee’d offers improved noise, vibration and harshness characteristics. Additional sound-absorbing materials have been adopted for the carpet and ventilation system, while twice as much anti-vibration foam has been added to the dashboard panel to cut engine vibrations intruding on the calm of the cabin. All diesel engines have also been fitted with sound-absorbing material to the engine block, oil pan and diesel particulate filter.

 

Upgraded range of Euro 6-compliant engines includes all-new 1.0-litre T-GDI

The upgraded cee’d offers a wider choice of powertrains than before, with all engines now compliant with the Euro 6 emissions standard.

 

For the launch of the 2016 cee’d, Kia is introducing its all-new 1.0-litre ‘T-GDI’ (turbo gasoline direct injection) engine. This new downsized, three-cylinder power unit has been engineered to improve fuel consumption and emissions, while offering strong, willing performance and immediate responses to driver input.

 

Kia’s new turbocharged engine, developed in-house at the company’s Namyang R&D centre in Korea, features a high-pressure direct injection system, advanced engine cooling and an integrated exhaust manifold for cleaner emissions and efficient packaging. Immediate engine response and highly-efficient combustion were cornerstones of the engine’s development, fulfilling Kia’s sustainable engine downsizing strategy.

 

This is the first of Kia’s upcoming range of downsized engines to make its debut in Europe,. Here in Ireland Kia are offering the higher powered 1.0-litre T-GDI produces 120 ps and the same 172 Nm torque. The maximum engine torque is available from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm, making it an incredibly flexible engine under all driving conditions. Pending homologation later this year, both 100 ps and 120 ps are expected to deliver the lowest CO2 emissions of any gasoline-engined cee’d to date.

 

The diesel cee’d continues to be the most popular choice for Irish buyers , and the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine has also been upgraded for its application in the new model. A new high-pressure injection system and continuously-controlled variable oil pump reduce friction losses in the engine, with the lower powered 110 ps version available across both the standard cee’d and new GT Line range. CO2 emissions fall to 102 g/km, or just 94 g/km when fitted with Kia ISG (Idle Stop/Go).

 

Available with both the enhanced cee’d range and the new GT Line variant, the higher powered 1.6 CRDi engine now produces 136 ps (up from 128 ps), and 285 Nm torque (improved from 265 Nm). With the small increase in performance, the engine’s full torque is now available from just 1,500 (down from 1,900, when equipped with a manual transmission), resulting in more effortless acceleration under all conditions.

 

All-new seven-speed double-clutch transmission

The upgraded cee’d features a second new technology debut for Kia, with the arrival of the brand’s all-new seven-speed double-clutch transmission (DCT), available exclusively on models equipped with the higher powered 136 ps 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine. Kia’s new DCT is capable of handling the higher torque outputs of the modified engine fitted to the upgraded cee’d, with a higher capacity than the six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission it replaces.

 

Like the new 1.0-litre T-GDI power unit, Kia’s new DCT has also been developed in-house and has been engineered with low fuel consumption and a sporty driving feel when in manual mode, and with comfort and smoothness when left in automatic mode.

 

Drivers specifying the new DCT will benefit from faster gear changes than a traditional automatic transmission, as well as lower running costs. When equipped with the new DCT, the 1.6-litre CRDi engine emits just 109 g/km carbon dioxide, compared to the 145 g/km recorded by the earlier engine and six-speed automatic transmission.

 

The new DCT brings considerable tax savings to Irish drivers with road tax down from €390 to €200 .The retail price of the car is also down €500 from it’s 6 speed successor .

 

Improved ride comfort, handling, NVH

Engineers have made a number of modifications to the suspension and chassis of the upgraded cee’d in order to improve ride comfort and handling, endowing the car with more dynamic performance.

 

The principal enhancement to the upgraded cee’d is the addition of a new torque vectoring system, which reduces understeer by partially applying the brake to the inner wheel under cornering. The motor-driven power steering system now results in more linear and predictable steering inputs, while changes to front wheel geometry have improved on-centre steering feel. Finally, new stoppers on the rear strut mount insulators and new outer ball joint on the rear stabiliser bar help to improve ride comfort on poor surfaces by minimising vibrations through the suspension.

 

The NVH characteristics of the suspension in the upgraded cee’d have also been improved slightly, with the adoption of a hollow stabiliser bar, replacing the previous solid stabiliser, to reduce road noise.

 

 

GT Line Models on Sale in November

The upgraded Kia cee’d is currently on sale in Kia dealers in Ireland with GT Line ,one litre and DCT models arriving in showrooms in Ireland next month ( November).

 

 

 

GT Line /1.0GDi/DCT Models in Ireland

 

Model

Price

VRT Band

Road Tax

5dr TX 1.0GDi

€ 20,650

A4

€ 200

GT Line 5 Dr 1.0 GDi  

€ 22,550

A4

€ 200

GT Line pro_cee’d        

€ 24,950

A3

€ 190

5dr EX 1.6 D DCT

€ 26,690

A4

€ 200